Usain Bolt completed his triple-triple, anchoring the Jamaica 4x100-metre relay to victory in the final to ensure three gold medals at three consecutive Olympics.
He turned a close 4x100 relay race against Japan and the United States, helping Jamaica cross the line in 37.27. Japan won the silver medal, finishing .33 seconds behind.
The U.S. finished the race third but endured yet another relay debacle — disqualified because leadoff runner Mike Rodgers passed the baton to Justin Gatlin outside the exchange zone. That promoted Canada to the bronze medal.
PV Sindhu went down fighting to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the gold medal match of the badminton women’s singles at the Rio Olympics on Friday, clinching silver for India’s second medal at the Games.
Photo gallery: PV Sindhu, the endearing badminton powerhouse
Sindhu won the first game 21-19, recovering from a 16-19 deficit to win five points on the trot and take the game. But two-time world champion Marin jumped out to a quick lead in the second game and held on to it, using her favourite combination of a drop shot followed by a smash at the net to win quick points.
In the deciding game, Sindhu fought hard to erase Marin’s initial lead to trail 11-10 at the break. But she lost her momentum after the break and couldn’t catch up in the end.
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7:57 am (IST): And yes they got trolled.
"There is an announcement....USA has been disqualified" pic.twitter.com/GOqTMHCjjk— Lynx (@MaAdLynx) August 20, 2016
When you were chilling but then you realize USA got disqualified 😂 pic.twitter.com/ObaILmWZEz— KΔO (@Khaos_Music) August 20, 2016
7.52 am (IST): USA team got disqualified because Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin crossed the exchange zone on the first changeover.
7:34 am (IST): Canada is the beneficiary as they move up to the bronze medal position.
7:31 am (IST): USA team disqualified! It was announced after Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay. Mike Rodgers and Trayvon Bromell took a lap of honour.
7:18 am (IST): Bolt becomes the first man to complete the sweep of 100, 200 and 4x100 metres titles for three successive Games.
7.16 am (IST): Japan relegate USA to bronze medal position
7:09 am (IST): Usain Bolt’s triple triple is complete.
7:05 am (IST): The U.S. women have retained the 4x100-metre relay title and helped Allyson Felix win her record fifth Olympic gold medal. The Americans, who needed to set a qualifying time in a solo rerun hours after dropping the baton in the preliminaries, won Friday’s final in 41.01 seconds. A Jamaican team containing Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, was second in 41.36. Britain won bronze in a national record 41.77.
6:50 am (IST): USA upset Jamaica to win 4x100m women’s gold medal.
6:48 am (IST): American swimmer Gunnar Bentz says he never lied about being robbed while out with teammates on the final night of Olympic swimming. He says teammate Ryan Lochte tore a sign down from the building, and then the four returned to their taxi. He says they were ordered out of the cab by security guards and ultimately forced, with guns drawn, to sit on a nearby sidewalk. He says then, Lochte got up and yelled at the guards.
6:45 am (IST): Jenn Suhr, the gold medalist at the London Olympics, is out of medal contention in the women’s pole vault after failing to clear 4.70 metres.
638 am (IST): Serbia reached the men’s basketball final after beating Australia 87-61. Serbia will now take on basketball superpower United States on Sunday.
6:29 am (IST): Kenya’s Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot breaks Tirunesh Dibaba’s Olympic Record in the women’s 5,000 metres on her way to winning gold with a timing of 14:26:17 seconds. Almaz Ayana finished third
5:51 am: Indian men’s 4x400m relay team too fail to advance. However, Indian runner was pushed during the second changeover.
Meanwhile, here is an update from Jamaica’s Yohan Blake:
5:30 am: In the women’s 4x400m relay Heat 1, the US kept a bus-length distance between them and second-placed Ukraine to advance. In Heat 2, Indian quartet finish seventh, with Jamaica winning it.
4:43 am: Meanwhile, news agency Associated Press reports the Brazilian authorities have returned the confiscated passport of US swimmer James Feigen after he made a payment of approximately $10,800 for falsely reporting a crime. A court statement late Friday said the fine had been paid and the passport returned, meaning that Feigen is free to leave the country. A judge had ordered the passport be seized earlier this week while police investigated what swimmer Ryan Lochte had said was an armed robbery. Police have said that the robbery story was fabricated. Police have said that Lochte, Feigen and two other swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom early Sunday after a night of partying and were confronted by armed guards.
3:49 am: Germany clinch gold. The eight-time European champions and two-time World champions beat Sweden 2-1 to clinch their maiden women’s gold medal in Olympics. Will the men’s team complete the football double at Maracana?
3:22 am: Sweden score. German defence outdone by a quick buildup. 1-2 in women’s football final in Rio.
3:17 am: Germany score their second goal of the night. Well, it was Sweden’s Linda Sembrant who actually scored it, poking the ball into the wrong post after a rebound from the upright.
3:14 am: In hockey, Great Britain beat Netherlands in shootout to clinch the women’s gold.
3:04 am: In women’s football final, Dzsenifer Marozsan picks a sweet spot in the far post to open the account for Germany in the early minutes of the second half. Sweden have a job to do.
2:59 am: Britain have scored in hockey. It’s 3-3 in the women’s final.
2:44 am: In women’s football, the conquerors of USWNT and Brazil, Sweden are playing Germany in the final. No goals scored in 44 minutes of play.
2:40 am: The Dutch have rallied from behind to lead 3-2 against Great Britian. A quarter of the game left for the British women to turn it around.
1:52 am: The Dutch have begun the second quarter in style, equalise. It’s 1-1.
1:50 am: It’s the end of the first quarter in women’s hockey final. Britain lead the Netherlands by a goal.
1:33 am: In the adrenaline filled world of BMX cycling, Mariana Pajon sparked noisy celebrations from a yellow army of Colombian fans as she retained her Olympic title on Friday. The 24-year-old from Medellin, who became a national treasure after winning Colombia’s second-ever Olympic gold medal in London, did not put a wheel out of place over the jumps and round the curves of Rio’s X Park track, reports news agency Reuters.She led from the start gate and was in total control as she led Alise Post of the United States and Venezuela’s Stefany Hernandez across the line.Pajon lifted her bicycle above her head after finishing as the Colombian fans chanted her name.
1:15 AM (IST): In the world of football, the Zlatan magic continues for Manchester United.
1:10 AM (IST): Usain Bolt will be in action in 4X100m Relay Final on Saturday at 07:05 AM IST. THe Jamaican star will be eyeing his historic 9th Olympic Gold medal
12:46 AM (IST): Khushbir Kaur finishes 54th (out of 74) in 20 km Race Walk clocking 1:40:33.(12+ mins behind leader; 7+ mins behind her NR mark).
12:02 AM (IST): Indian athlete Khushbir Kaur in 48th place after 10 km mark with a timing of 47:35 in Women’s 20km Race Walk.
12:01 AM (IST): Lee Chong Wei claims the gold medal in the men’s badminton singles.
11:26 PM (IST): A disappointing outing for the Brazil women’s football team as they were defeated by Canada in the bronze medal match.
11:22 PM (IST): A look back at the thrilling badminton final between PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin.
11:12 PM (IST):
9.30 PM (IST): India’s Sandeep Tomar is out of the 57kg freestyle wrestling event after his Russian opponent Victor Lebedev fails to make the final.
9.15 PM (IST): India’s Sandeep Kumar finishes 34th in the men’s 50km race walk final, with a time of 4:07:55.
9.03 PM (IST): And that’s it. Carolina Marin wins 19-21, 21-12, 21-15 to win the women’s singles gold. PV Sindhu clinches India’s first badminton silver medal at the Olympics and India’s second medal at Rio. What a performance from both players.
8.58 PM (IST): Gold medal point for Marin now. 20-14
8.56 PM (IST): The pair split the next two points. Marin leads 18-14.
8.54 PM (IST): Two points on the trot for Sindhu, who now trails 14-17.
8.51 PM (IST): Sindhu snaps the streak at 14-11 and appears to have dragged it back to 15-13 but the shot is wide. Marin leads 16-12.
8.48 PM (IST): The break appears to have broken Sindhu’s momentum. She trails Marin 14-10.
8.45 PM (IST): Sindhu hits it just wide and Marin leads 11-10 at the break.
8.43 PM (IST): Well, well, well. That took some time and effort but Sindhu does extremely well to erase Marin’s lead. Things looking more even now at 10-10.
8.42 PM (IST): Long from the Indian and good judgment by Marin to leave it. But Sindhu isn’t deterred, wins the next one to make it 9-10.
8.40 PM (IST): A few points on the trot and Marin’s lead doesn’t seem as substantial now. The PV Sindhu fight is starting to come alive.The Indian trails 9-8.
8.38 PM (IST): Sindhu coming up with some brilliant smashes but the lead proving a tad too big to close down. Not to mention Marin’s excellence. The Spaniard leads 9-5.
8.34 PM (IST): No lack of fight from Sindhu, she wins two on the trot to close the lead to 6-3.
8.32 PM (IST): Marin jumps out to a 5-1 lead with a powerful smash. Sindhu needs to find a way to arrest the Spaniard’s momentum.
8.30 PM (IST): Deciding game underway and Sindhu trails 3-1. She can’t afford to let Marin get away with a lead.
8.27 PM (IST): Game point and Marin converts. We’re going to a deciding game.
8.25 PM (IST): Sindhu hits one long. Marin two points away from the second game.
8.23 PM (IST): Second game slipping away from Sindhu’s grasp. Marin leads 18-11.
8.20 PM (IST): Unbelievable returning from Sindhu to put Marin’s smashes back in play. A netted shot from Marin makes it 15-8.
8.18 PM (IST): Sindhu wins a challenge, she’s starting to pull things back. Trails 14-7.
8.16 PM (IST): Sindhu, Marin win a point each. Marin leads 12-5.
8.14 PM (IST): Good start after the break for Sindhu, wins the first two points to trail 11-4.
8.12 PM (IST): Sindhu goes into the break trailing 11-2. She needs to regroup and the break might help her do just that.
8.10 PM (IST): The errors piling one for Sindhu as she lets one drop but it lands in. Trails 9-2.
8.08 PM (IST): Not a good start for Sindhu in the second game, Marin leads 6-1.
8.06 PM (IST): Can Sindhu win in two games or can Marin force a decider? Second game gets underway, Marin jumps out to a quick 4-0 lead.
8.04 PM (IST): Five points in a row gives PV Sindhu the first game 21-19.
8.02 PM (IST): It ain’t over till it’s over, clearly. Sindhu storms back to level at 19-19 then takes the lead for 20-19.
8.00 PM (IST): Big, big moment in the first game. Marin with an emphatic smash for 19-16.
7.59 PM (IST): A shot looks to have landed in but the review shows it landed just wide. Sindhu trails 18-16
7.57 PM (IST): Sindhu continues to fight, she’s starting to get vocal with every point she wins as well. Trails 17-15.
7.55 PM (IST): Sindhu fighting hard to cut down the lead. 15-13.
7.54 PM (IST): Two points split between the pair, Marin with a smash to draw the error from the Indian. Leads 15-11.
7.52 PM (IST): Sindhu slightly better after the break but she’s got a big task at hand. Trails 14-10.
7.50 PM (IST): Sindhu wins three on the trot but Marin wins one more to make it 13-9.
7.48 PM (IST): Marin makes contact with the net to concede the point. Sindhu working to cut down her lead. 12-9
7.45 PM (IST): Marin likes getting into the game and is known for making her presence felt with her screams of Vamos. She’s doing so on every single point won. Leads 11-6.
7.40 PM (IST): Game 1 is moving at a breakneck pace already. Some errors by Sindhu helping Marin to an 8-5 lead.
7.35 PM (IST): And it’s time for the big match. Sindhu vs Marin is underway. Sindhu with a slight lead of 2-1 but it doesn’t take long for Marin to erase it and grab a 4-2 lead.
7. 30 PM (IST): China’s Long Chen defeats Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen to book his place in the men’s singles gold medal match, where he will face Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who defeated Lin Dan.
7.04 PM (IST): India’s Sandeep Tomar loses his pre-quarterfinal bout in the men’s 57kg freestyle wrestling to Russia’s Victor Lebedev. If the Russian advances to the final, Tomar stands a chance in the repechage rounds.